Sundance Resort | A River Runs Through It

Robert Redford is passionate about the outdoors, film, and the arts, and Sundance Resort is the realization of that passion. In 1969, "Bob" (as he is known by the staff) bought the land upon which Sundance was developed. It's a beautiful mountain resort ... and a river runs through it. Sundance is a great summer destination; come for fly fishing, hiking, mountain biking, and horseback riding in the warm months. With 10 miles of hiking trails and 25 miles of biking trails, the lifts run all year to take nature lovers to the top of the mountain.

Sundance is an ideal winter destination resort as well. Just one hour from the major airline hub of Salt Lake City, it's far more accessible than Vail, Aspen, Jackson Hole, or Whistler. Guests can access the Express Line at the chairlift (available only to resort guests and to private lessons). Downhill and cross country skiing, as well as snowboarding, are popular here. Count on full occupancy during the Sundance Film Festival (2010 is already fully booked). Though the main event is held in Park City, UT, Sundance guests can see the same films in the resort's own intimate screening room.

The arts are a third reason to come to Sundance. The Art Shack features hands-on classes in pottery, jewelry making, and photography ... and you can watch glass blowing in action. We signed up for a private photography class led by Annalisa Rosenvall; she will customize your two hours to address your own particular questions and needs. And if you're attracted to the culinary arts, Tree Top is the highest rated restaurant in Utah; it features organic meats and vegetables.

Rooms are large and comfortable condo units with rustic, pine paneling and plush feather beds. All suites are due for a rolling renovation with replacement of soft goods and installation of upgraded granite counters and appliances. Families can be guaranteed connecting rooms, and luxurious 3-6 bedroom homes are also available at surprisingly affordable rates. The best values are available through a Virtuoso travel consultant (click to contact); Virtuoso guests receive room upgrades subject to availability, complimentary full breakfast daily (including an incredible Sunday brunch), and an exclusive wine-tasting class for two during your stay.

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